Ramirez claimed by White Sox
CHICAGO — Manny Ramirez could soon find himself in another AL pennant race.
The Chicago White Sox have been awarded a waiver claim that gives them exclusive bargaining rights to the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press yesterday.
The White Sox and Dodgers have until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to complete a trade — which Ramirez would have to approve. The Dodgers could also let Ramirez go — with his consent — and the White Sox would assume his salary, or they could keep Ramirez.
Ramirez’s salary is $20 million in the final season of a two-year contract, but only $5 million is due this year, with the rest to be paid over the next three years. He also has a full no-trade clause that would allow him to veto a trade or waiver claim.
Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said Ramirez could help the team if the White Sox are able to acquire him.
“Believe me, if this kid comes here, [it’s] because he wants to,’’ Guillen said. “That’s a good thing.’’
Manager Joe Torre said before the Dodgers’ 6-2 win last night that it didn’t appear that the trade talk had bothered him.
“He seems pretty comfortable to me,’’ Torre said. “I talked to him a couple of times today, once on the phone and when he came here.’’
Considering his recent history, Ramirez would likely become the designated hitter in Chicago. Ramirez, 38, returned Aug. 21 from his third stint on the disabled list. He has missed 59 games to injuries since last season, when he was suspended 50 games for a failed drug test.